PG Commercial Real Estate – Commercial Realtor Montgomery County, PA and Greater Philadelphia Region

Why I LOVE Philadelphia….

Philadelphia is the city of “brotherly love,” location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers, along with home to many of the top companies in the nation and world.  Not only do I work in the Philadelphia area but I grew up here. I have spent my career in all things (commercial) real estate including helping companies relocate out of the area with my many ITRA Partners. It is my job to know local markets, communities and trends and I look forward to sharing how Philadelphia can be the home office to your business.

There are so many reasons why I LOVE Philadelphia, this short video highlights a few of my favorites.

– Peggy

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For 2013 Look Back at 2012 & 2011 Office Market

According to recent CoStar Group and PPR reports the Office Market in 2012 performed as expected… Office jobs increased 2.1%, the same as in 2011. Office sales were up 8% and the price of buying an office building increased 4.8%. Due to the correlation between job growth and demand for office space they compare the growth of employment in Total Non-Farm Employment to Office Using Employment, and the Office Use job growth was 1% more than the total non-farm job growth. Office Vacancy fell 50 basis points to 12.3%. Construction starts for Office are way down…Therefore the prediction is that 2013 will be similar to 2012 for the office market with some slow growth in demand and increases in rents. Of course these numbers are references to a National picture. Each region has different growth patterns depending on the local economy. The changes in rental rates year over year (2011/2012) provides an example of the differences. In San Francisco the year over year change in office rents was an increase of 14.6%; in the Philadelphia Region that change was 0.1%, and in Saint Louis a decrease of 1.6%. In most areas demand is increasing although slowly, construction is down, and rental rates are increasing.

For companies that use office space it is important to know you are striking the most reasonable and fair terms of a lease or lease renewal. As the office market cost increase in 2013, and beyond, good market intelligence, excellent insights into the local Office Market, and efficient design of the office are key to obtain the best possible terms of a lease.

PG Commercial Real Estate, Inc. | ITRA Global Philadelphia

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Lines Blur between Office and Retail Properties

Lines Blur between Office and Retail Properties

While there is very little new office building construction in the Philadelphia Region it sounds like there is new competition for Suburban Office Landlord’s coming from Retail Landlord’s. At a Philadelphia Retail Summit on February 16th representatives from Federal Realty Investment Trust, The Goldenberg Group, Wal-Mart Stores, Regency Centers, PREIT, Brixmor Property Group, RAS Brokerage, A & E Construction moderated by Jerald Goodman of Drinker Biddle & Reath. It was mentioned several times that the retail spaces were being redeveloped-reused for other purposes such as office space and medical office space. With this new competition there still were over 2.3 + million square feet of office space absorbed in the Philadelphia region in 2011. Will this new competitor reduce rental rates? Doubtful — because there is very little new construction of office buildings in the region. For example the vacancy rate for Office space in Montgomery County is approximately 12%. From a recent survey of Office Buildings in that county it appears that the trend for rental rates is that they are stable, not trending up yet. Using the Montgomery County office market as an example, even with this added competition from retail properties the office market in Montgomery County PA will most likely continue a stead slow improvement for 2012 following the employment picture.

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It’s A Tenant’s Market: Take Advantage!

Tens of thousands of businesses can significantly reduce their office rents right now. This is not a government program, so please don’t call them. To be eligible, you have to be:

1. A tenant in good standing

2. Creditworthy

3. Have a lease that terminates in the next two to three years

4.  Be willing to take advantage of a tenant’s market to trim overhead

Since landlords are under pressure to keep their buildings filled with quality tenants, it is possible to approach the landlord, and in exchange for extending your lease, you may be able to obtain lower rent, a rent concession, work space improvements, better lease clauses, a new tax base and more.

How? Convince the landlord you are serious about leaving.

Nothing says “I really can move to another building” more effectively than retaining a tenant representative who knows how to take advantage of current market conditions. A tenant rep will analyze your existing lease, while lining up competitive space offers in other buildings. This positions you and your tenant rep to approach your present landlord with negotiating leverage. When your landlord realizes you and your tenant rep have done your homework, and sees the competing offers, chances are, they’ll be quick to make you an offer you can’t refuse.

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